After a brutal election night, a thread of hope for the Northwest

My editor asked me to write a column giving the view from 10,000 feet. I better not do it. I might jump. For progressives in…

D.C. wants to steal our state’s name. They can have it

In an advisory vote Tuesday, the people of Washington, D.C. will decide whether to drop the name New Columbia from their statehood push. Their new…

Trump: Making radical right wingers relevant again

A Toyota Tacoma sporting a large swastika and a “Jew Lies Matter” slogan has been zipping up and down I-5 this fall. It’s been getting…

Oregon militia verdict feeds the politics of extremism

Whatever the outcome of the presidential election of 2016, America is and will remain divided. One candidate has refused to say whether he’ll abide by…

Support Crosscut, stoke the passion of the Northwest’s best writers

I used to joke that Crosscut is the oldest online start-up in town. We’re going to be 10 next spring, but it still feels new.…

A solution for Seattle’s homeless: Bring Hooverville back

With the debate raging over how best to deal with homeless encampments in the Seattle region, and no consensus on how to deal with the…

The Stormpocalypse that wasn’t

Fingers are pointing in the aftermath of the Fizzle in the Drizzle. The massive monster storm sequence that was predicted for last Saturday failed to…

Can dive bars make it in modern Seattle?

Seattle is undergoing unprecedented growth, at least in recent times. A Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) midyear report found there are currently 65 building projects under…

The War on Bikes should be history

The Seattle Police Department is investigating who has been spreading carpet tacks along the Westlake bike track in recent weeks. At first speculated to have…

How Seattle stopped a freeway, and may gain a monument

Maybe’s it’s an “only in Seattle” type of story, but for years citizen activists have been trying to get the state to preserve a small…

Seattle Nasty: The new politics, and how we got here

“How did we get so nasty?” a relative newcomer to Seattle asked me recently about our local political tone. In a city where most people…

George Washington owned slaves. Should we rename the state?

Our American legacy of slavery and racism is being wrestled with everywhere. We’ve gone from demanding removal of the Confederate flag to rethinking the Star…

Rethinking Seattle: What if we could start over?

Consider our “natural” city. In the last 150 years, we have reshaped the local landscape on the greatest scale since a vast ice sheet moved into…

Is this the worst election ever?

This sometimes feels like the worst presidential election of my lifetime. Then I remember: Oh, 1968. Bobby was assassinated. OK, there have been worse. In…

Tearing down walls this election year, not building them

This election season seems to have a theme of walls. Donald Trump has proposed building a tall, “beautiful” wall along the United States’ border with…